So this week I read Because of Winn-Dixie which I would consider a classic in my book! (yes pun intended) It was written by Kate DiCamillo, besides winning the Newberry Honor in 2001 it has won the Josette Frank award and also the Mark Twain award. I knew many of my friends read this book in high school but I never got the chance so when I saw that it was a Newberry Honor book I knew I had to read it! I love my English Bulldog Dozer but I was really able to put myself in Opal’s shoes throughout the whole story because of her love for Winn-Dixie, just like my love for my dog Dozer. This book describes Winn-Dixie perfectly which makes the young reader able to become part of the story and grasp what the author is portraying in her words.
I also started reading the Princess Academy which was written by Shannon Hale. This book won the Newberry Honor in 2006. This book reminded me of Cinderella because the prince was going to pick his bride from the princess academy at the end of the year. Miri is like Cinderella because she has a kind heart and loves to help others, but there is another boy named Peder who is a friend of Miri, I don’t know if what will happen but I will definitely give an update when I finally finish! I think this book won the award in part because in the plot there is Peder, he may not be a factor but my gut tells me that the book won’t necessarily end up like Cinderella. It also is a perfect age range for upper elementary and middle school girls.